Susan Byrd

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On June 25, 1980, Susan embarked on a lifelong journey with her husband, Austin Lee Byrd, in Greensboro, Alabama. Together, they were blessed with five children, whose lives were enriched by Susan’s boundless love and devotion.

Susan dedicated 18 years of her life to service with the Industrial Commission, where her dedication and leadership shined brightly. She also advocated tirelessly for the rights and well-being of her fellow workers, serving as the OCSEA Columbus Industrial Commission Chapter President and Chief Steward, and Industrial statewide Assembly Vice President.

Susan’s legacy extends far beyond her professional endeavors. She was a pillar of strength and compassion to her family and friends; offering unwavering support and guidance to all who knew her. Susan’s presence in our lives will be deeply missed, but her memory will live on in the countless lives she touched. With her unparalleled sense of style and flair, Susan brought beauty and elegance to every moment of her life. Her vibrant personality lit up any room, and her infectious laughter will forever echo in our memories. She enjoyed gardening and spending time with her beloved grandchildren. Though she may no longer walk among us, Susan will forever remain in our hearts as a shining example of love, grace, and resilience. May her spirit continue to inspire us to live life fully and love deeply, just as she did.

Susan leaves to cherish her precious memory and continue her legacy, husband Austin Lee Byrd, children Austin (Elisha) Byrd II, Shawntez Byrd, Oweader Byrd (Renell “Shaun” Bell), Allan Byrd, and Sharae Byrd. Grandchildren A’lissa Byrd, Shawniece Byrd, Austin Lee Byrd III, Shawniyah Byrd, and Kori Bell-Byrd. Although she was an only child, Susan’s circle of family extended beyond blood ties to include her dear cousins and friends who became her siblings. Lucille, Tywonda, Yetta, Herbie, Viola, Pokie, Sally, and Larry (Donnie) were not only her relatives but also her lifelong companions, offering unwavering support and companionship throughout the years.

She also leaves her aunts Mae Frances Eppes, Willie O. Brown, Ethel Pearl Williams, and Mildred Sledge. Mother-in-law Mary Lee Smith, sister and brother in-laws Orlando (Donna) Byrd, Barbara (Benny) Abrams, Deborah Brown, Darlene (Willie) Hardy, Sidney (Shantina) Byrd, Donnie Byrd, and Mary Smith. Endearing memories will be held by Michael Sowell who cherished her dearly along with a host of many additional relatives and friends.

May she rest in eternal peace, knowing that her love lives on in the hearts of those she leaves behind.

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  1. Shes my friend. She was always kind,always good to be around. She was quietly elegant,the picture of a lady. I will miss her smile and her words of encouragement. If I saw her or commented on a post she’d make.. I always just yelled BYRD!!! She always thought that was funny..I just liked watching her soar. She cared about people and they cared about her. On behalf of the Linden McKinley family,we offer our heartfelt condolence and fervent prayers for comfort for her family. We love you Sue Sue…Linden For Life!

  2. Tajuania Miller

    When I moved on Earl next door to Sue and her family it was so wonderful Sue opened her doors to us as if she known us all their lives when she go to the store she say you wanna ride if I was outside on the porch most important thing Sue had a heart of gold she was always giving I remember when we rode over to her dad’s house and Sue was taking care of her dad telling him she was going to cook him a dinner we were always taking a ride somewhere I may have not been able to be over much since my health issues but Sue and I communicated take your rest my beautiful sister may heaven smile on you Sue you will be truly missed to the family may God be with you all during this time I send my love and prayers and condolences to you all

  3. Jerry and Jackie Allen

    Our condolences so sorry for your lost, family

  4. I love y’all sincerely. If ever y’all need anything, ever, let Me know.

  5. Debra Willis-Petty

    Will be keeping my beautiful family in prayer during this difficult time of bereavement. Truly saddened to hear of Susan’s Homegoing. Sincerest condolences!!
    The Willis and Petty Family/Tuscaloosa

  6. Thanks for always being the great person you are,you gave so many comforting words whenever I needed them. You will be great fully missed love always

  7. Jeanne Patterson

    To the family of Susan who I called My Diva and sometimes Sue Sue what a Beautiful person inside and out. She had so much Grace and courage that has inspired so many. I will miss our conversation and the laughs. We had this little thing where we see something strange and neither of us would utter a word it was the look we gave we knew what it meant but others didn’t. I’m gonna miss my Diva girl hearing her soft spoken voice at the Fragrance counter at Macy’s and for sure the music in the park. It’s never gonna be a Goodbye for me only see you later…..Rest well my Diva Girl

  8. Rhonda R Greggs

    Sending our condolences to the family of Susan Allen Byrd rest well beautiful soul you will be truly missed

  9. Derrick DeVore

    Susan was a very good person. I was in union chapter 2525 for 17 years. She was great. My condolences on her passing.

  10. Carmen Johnson

    My condolences and prayers go out to the Allen-Byrd family, my prayers are to the heavens that you are feel the comfort of the Lord surrounding you, and the memories of love, that will always remain in your hearts and mind. I didn’t get to see Susan too often, but when I did see her, she always made me feel special and loved, she had a spirit about het that just blossomed anytime you seen her, and there was never a moment when she was not smiling. You’ll be missed my dear friend. We may not have talked often, but whenever we ran into each other, it was like yesterday. God says he put people in our life for reasons, many of those are being used as vessels to show us his miracles and his love and you are that miracle of love through Susan with her priceless smile and love, a friends and family

  11. My sincere condolences to the family.
    Susan was such a beautiful person with a beautiful soul. Rest in peace beautiful

  12. Talanna Williams

    My love and condolences go out to Susan’s kids and family. Susan, your laugh and smile were contagious. I will never forget. And I will never forget how you spoiled your little cousins Joe Joe and Michael. You are loved and will be missed.

  13. My sincere condolences to the family.
    Susan was a beautiful person with a beautiful soul. Rest in peace Beautiful.

  14. It’s difficult to acknowledge her passing. We’re ups and downs changes and turn around, she was friend and family. In only way that she could, Susan would encourage you, love you and kept you grounded. I will miss her presence but she will always remain, forever Sue-Sue

  15. Terence Wilson

    Our sincere condolences,
    Terry Wilson and children God Bless

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